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Jason Blogs: Day 1 of the Veggie Bet

Posted Jul 20 2010 5:31pm

Jason wrote this last night, but it was after I went to sleep so I didn’t see it to post until today.

Veggie Challenge Day 1.

As Lee explained, we made a bit of a wager, more like a challenge though for me to go without meat for a week. It was actually my idea.

While in Hawaii, I had “urged” Lee to turn on her vegetarianism and indulge in some seafood dishes, after all, we were on a beautiful island and the fresh fish in Hawaii has a great reputation.
I’m not even much of a seafood fan stateside, but I loved the fish in Hawaii, especially the Ono. She ate fish on a few occasions, but kept it pretty veggie-friendly the rest of the time. I even joined her in a few delicious veggie burgers from the Organic Veggie grocery store. But since I was asking her to change her diet for the week, I thought it would only be fair if I then tried to abstain from eating meat for a week.

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(Veggie Burger)

I’ve eaten meat all my life. I’ve been taught that it is the pinnacle of what one can eat. Steaks were severed only for special occasions, such as a birthday or anniversary. Burgers were the mainstay of the American diet, and fried chicken was what you ate when you had a lot of people to feed. Veggies were something that complimented these centerpieces of a meal. So, it’s safe to say, I haven’t gone a full week before without eating some kind of meat. I’m sure I’ve gone a day or two, maybe not even on purpose, where I didn’t eat any meat. But, even then, it was most likely due to the absence of meat in the refrigerator at the time.

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(Real Burger)

Working in my favor, is that in addition to meat, I DO like vegetables. I probably like more vegetables than Lee. I can’t believe she doesn’t like asparagus. I am also not a tofu virgin, but I do think it is bland, and isn’t a culinary substitute for meat. But, I’m no stranger to smartdogs, and veggie patties. So I agree with Lee, I do have a distinct advantage in this challenge.

Today will probably be my easiest day of the challenge. It is my day off, and I slept in, past breakfast, and quite past lunch too. I waited for Lee to come home before I ate, and we went to the grocery store and stocked up on non-meat items. Then she prepared a cold noodle salad sort-of thing, and I snacked on some cheese and triscuits. But my real test will come after I go back to work, at midnight Wednesday morning.

I’m working the graveyard shift, and I’ll have to prepare and bring my own food with me for that, since I can’t go out and grab a quick bite from the fast-food place at 3 a.m.

So, one day down. Six more meatless days to go.

Jason

Hi, me again. I just wanted to note that asparagus is one of the few vegetables that I dislike. And I don’t hate it, I just won’t go out of my way to eat it. That and eggplant. I’m not really a fan of eggplant, although Trader Joe’s has a really good eggplant parmesan that I do like. And while I like button and portobello mushrooms, I’m not a big fan of the more exotic types. Are there any vegetables that you don’t like?


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